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Facebook Demands Court Order for Local Threats – Internet Privacy Always Sounds Good In Theory

This weekend The Houston Chronicle reported Facebook did not turn over information requested by local authorities in response to death threats. People have been criticizing social media companies for turning over data to...more

7/15/2014 - Facebook Personally Identifiable Information Police

Facebook “Like” Is Protected First Amendment Speech

I don’t often make predictions on legal outcomes, so when I do and I get it right, it’s worth sharing. In May, we talked about whether “liking” a candidate would constitute protected speech under the First Amendment. A...more

9/24/2013 - Facebook First Amendment Free Speech

Can I Use The Social Media Picture For My Story? – Part Two

Last time, we looked at whether the media can use images from social media sites applying fair use to several typical situations. Today, we look at the specific terms of service of various popular sites to see if some make...more

9/17/2013 - Copyright Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Terms of Service Twitter Vine

Taking Legal Control Of The Company Social Media Account

What happens when the employee who set up the company’s LinkedIn account leaves? ...more

8/1/2013 - Facebook Former Employee LinkedIn Social Media Social Media Account Ownership

Zero Tolerance Gone Too Far: When Does A Facebook Comment Cross The Line Into A Threat?

Sometimes, when you read the basics of a story, it sounds so incredulous, you think “surely, there has to be more to it.” ...more

7/15/2013 - Facebook Intent Online Gaming Terrorist Threats Zero Tolerance Policies

You “Like” Me, You Really “Like” Me – Looking At The Legal Effect Of Facebook Likes And Friends

Is liking something expressive activity protected by the First Amendment? Does being a Facebook “friend” create the appearance of impropriety requiring the judge to recuse himself from the case?...more

5/24/2013 - Facebook Facebook Friends NLRB Social Media

Social Media For The CEO: Lessons Learned From The Netflix/SEC Tussle And Reg FD

Yes, you can use social media to make material public disclosures. The SEC did not punish Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. The reality is, however, the SEC gave a warning to executives: we are not going to do anything this time...more

4/10/2013 - CEOs Facebook Investors Netflix Public Disclosure Reed Hastings Regulation FD SEC Social Media Training

Don’t Rail On Your “F**** Idiot” Employees On The Net

No one likes to be sued. It may make you mad enough that you want to scream and holler on the Internet. There is a reason, however, a lot of lawyers recommend not commenting on personnel issues and pending litigation....more

3/27/2013 - Class Action Coyote Ugly Saloon Facebook FLSA Minimum Wage Retaliation Social Media

The Greatest Blog Post About Deceptive Advertising Ever Written*

Sometimes, I like to talk basics and this time it’s something as basic as “tell the truth.” I’ve never had a client come to me and say, “I would like to lie as much as possible in my advertising, can you help me?” It’s never...more

3/11/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Facebook False Advertising FDA FTC POM Wonderful Subway

Firing Employees For Their Social Media Content – First, Stop And Think [Audio]

Much has been written about whether you can fire someone for what they put on Facebook. Your gut reaction may be that surely if someone talks bad about the company, you can fire them. The National Relations Labor Board...more

1/29/2013 - Facebook First Amendment Free Speech Hiring & Firing NLRB Protected Concerted Activity

Will The Instagram Fuss Cause A Shift For Brands On Social Media In 2013?

By now, you have probably read the uproar caused by Instagram’s proposed change to the terms of service this week. On Monday, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, added the following...more

12/24/2012 - Advertising Facebook Instagram Social Media Terms of Use

Legal Guidelines For CEOs On Social Media – Avoid The Netflix Issue

In July, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted on Facebook that viewing on his company’s site “exceeded 1 billion hours” of videos in June. The stock rose 6.2% on the day of the post. Last week, the SEC sent Netflix notice it...more

12/11/2012 - Disclosure Requirements Facebook Netflix SEC Social Media Twitter

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